ACABS 592 - Seminar in Ancient Civilizations and Biblical Studies
Section: 001 Music in the Ancient World
Term: FA 2008
Subject: Ancient Civilizations and Biblical Studies (ACABS)
Department: LSA Middle East Studies
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s).
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Music was ubiquitous in the ancient world and has long held a fascination for scholars in various disciplines. However, the knowledge of this music spotty at best, and differs from civilization to civilization, and from period to period, dependent on the uneven survival of texts and artifacts, and on the manner in which different societies represented music and musical events. This seminar will concentrate on the reconstruction of music and musical life in ancient Mesopotamia and Greece, although other ancient societies will be investigated as well, depending on the interests and knowledge of the participants. The goal is to study all the surviving data from material culture as well as texts, within a comparative framework, making use of musicological as well as ethnographic theory and information to analyze the surviving information. Some knowledge of ancient societies will be required, but participants will be able to work without mastering the sources languages.

Students will be required to lead the discussion at one or more sessions and to actively participate in debates, and to write a research paper. Grading: 30% class work and 70% paper. Permission of instructor is required.

ACABS 592 - Seminar in Ancient Civilizations and Biblical Studies
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001 (SEM)
Th 9:00AM - 12:00PM
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